Soaring 56 floors above one of the city’s best-known malls and one stop from Central on the MTR The Shang is a major landmark on the city’s hotel map.
The fact that the sight of 12 fresh, long-stemmed roses in my room didn’t surprise me speaks volumes about Shangri-La. Room sizes are generous by Hong Kong standards and it’s all suitably hi-tech, with bath tub TV and free WiFi. In a city that does views every which way, this one can only be described as dramatically ‘in the thick of it’. As Hong Kong lights up it’s as if you’ve slipped 3D glasses on.
Cookie-cutter plush rather than remarkable except, that is, for the world's largest Chinese silk painting, The Great Motherland of China, which stretches 16 storeys of the hotel’s atrium. Worth an ogle whether you’ve checked in or not.
Eating and drinking
There are some biggies on site including the Michelin-starred Cantonese Summer Palace – up there with the city’s best Chinese offerings – and the opulent Petrus, where you’ll dine under paintings of blue skies and galloping horses with one of Asia’s most extensive wine lists to hand.
There's a gym health club, pool and swanky spa facilities with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.
I missed an incoming call; a note was pushed under my door within minutes. Eggs Benedict arrived in less than 15 minutes complete with a small vase of flowers, fresh bread, a jug of water and a miniature bottle of tomato ketchup. When I got cream with my tea I tried the Butler button. It worked.
Who stays there
Financiers galore and wealthy Asian die-hards who wouldn’t stay anywhere else. A reassuringly big percentage of guests are return visitors to both the city and the hotel.
If it's location you are after, there are three other hotels cheek by jowl above Pacific Place, so it's worth comparing rates.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Incredible city views
- It’s easy to get lost in here